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 February 2011
FastTrac® New Venture is Back!
New classes begin February 10, 2011 


Let these words from past FastTrac New Venture participants "speak for themselves": 

"I enjoyed this program so much! I came into this class with a business idea but no knowledge of what to do or how to start. I learned the right things to research and how to calculate if the business will generate enough income and still enough time to sleep!"
"I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal about business.  I feel like I am much more equipped to take my idea and see if I can build it into a sound business!"
"I learned so much - and it was wonderful to be in the company of such bright, optimistic and passionate women."


Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 pm for 10 consecutive weeks. The last day of class is April 14, 2011.


Cost: $450


Email Judy Mathews to register: jmathews@kansaswbc.com

ITSOKC Workshop Series at Women's Business Center
Interactive Marketing in the Digital Age - What small business owners should know and do!


Many Small Business owners feel that the absence of a quality website is a real 'gap' or 'hole' in their business presence or that they are really missing out on opportunities to 'connect' with their audience. They are right! But, how many of us realize the full extent of what consumers expect?

Each ITSOkcWorkshop will cover one or two (maybe even 3) aspects of what we call Interactive Marketing in the Digital Age.


Feb. 9 - Website Design, Development and Promotion

Understand what makes a great website and how you can make sure your website is the 'value hub' of your strategy

Feb. 16 - (RESCHEDULED FROM 2/2) - SEO and Copywriting

Understand the importance of words, messages and the continuous flow of value to create an effective Interactive Marketing strategy

Feb. 23 - Five Online Places Your Business Can't Ignore in 2011

Explores the top social places to be online for prospecting, business conversations, client management, and promotion

Mar. 2 - What a Business Blog and an Email Newsletter Can Do For You

Understand how to use your news, advice and stories to reach your audience in a way that moves them into action

Mar. 9 - Online Lead Generation, Business Development, and Reputation Mgmt.

Understand how to create buzz around your name in order to create relationships that lead to business

Mar. 23 - Analytics - Measuring Digital Channels

Know your customer and your market better using analytics and social listening systems.



Classes will be on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 - 10:00 am

Registration fee for each workshop will be $20 

Email Judy Mathews if you are interested in registering: jmathews@kansaswbc.com

Where Diversity Powers Success
Networking Event hosted by George Regan, Managing Director of the The Prudential Insurance Company of America


5:30 - 7:30 PM 

Thursday, February 24, 2011


The Brio Tuscan Grille

Country Club Plaza

500 Nichols Road

Kansas City, MO 64112


RSVP: Judy Mathews: jmathews@kansaswbc.com


Find out how The Prudential Insurance Company of America's priorities
can align with your organization's Goals · Identify Potential Relationships
with other community leaders · Learn about Prudential's diversity
strategy and sales career opportunities in the insurance and financial
services industry



Work on business growth strategies with regional experts


May 10, 2011

11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Kauffman Foundation



The Women's Business Center partners again in 2011 with the Entrepreneurship Institute. Watch for upcoming topics and presenters in the coming weeks. 



Tax Relief Act Extends Breaks for Individuals & Businesses
Summary courtesy of Anna Lopez Brosche, CPA, Managing Partner at Ennis Pellum & Associates.


The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, signed into law Dec. 17, extends and expands a wide variety of valuable tax breaks and includes tax provisions affecting individuals and businesses. Here's a brief summary of the most important provisions.


Individual Tax Provisions

  • New two-percentage-point payroll tax cut for 2011
  • Extension of the lower ordinary income tax rates for all tax brackets through 2012
  • Extension of marriage penalty relief through 2012
  • Extension of the elimination of itemized deduction and personal exemption phase-outs through 2012
  • Extension of the deduction for state and local sales taxes in lieu of state and local income taxes through 2011
  • Extension of the increased alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemptions through 2011
  • Extension of the ability to offset AMT liability with certain nonrefundable personal credits through 2011 

As you can see, the Tax Relief Act includes numerous provisions, and we've only touched on some of them here. Many breaks are subject to a variety of rules and limitations, so it's important to discuss them with your tax advisor to determine exactly how they'll affect you. READ MORE HERE

Futurallia Kansas City 2011
Information Session and Reception

Hosted by The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone


Thursday, February 10, 2011 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Union Station Board Room, East Main Floor, Kansas City, MO


10% off to companies that sign up for Futurallia KC 2011 at the event!

RSVP to Jacques Lebrument at Lebrument@kcchamber.com or 816-374-5457


Futurallia is an annual international business to business matchmaking event. A proven concept known around the world, it is the event to attend for a small to medium-sized companies that want to grow their business internationally. More than 800 business leaders and decision makers from 38+ countries will be participating


May 18-20, 2011




Local Business Magazine Debuts New Name
Thinking Bigger Business Media Celebrates 20th Year!

MISSION, Kan. (February 4, 2011) - Thinking Bigger Business Media celebrates the beginning of its 20th anniversary year with a new name and format for its monthly magazine. 


The name change and switch to a four-color glossy format is the next step in a branding evolution that began several years ago when the company changed its name from Kansas City Small Business Monthly to Thinking Bigger Business Media. Since then all the company's new products have carried the Thinking Bigger brand, except the monthly magazine. Beginning with the February 2011 issue, the name of the magazine officially changed from KC Small Business to Thinking Bigger Business to emphasize the mindset of its readers who turn to the publication looking for new strategies to grow their businesses. 


Among the other changes readers will notice are enhanced editorial coverage, the launch of a digital flip-book edition at www.iThinkBigger.com, a major website redesign, and an overhaul of the weekly electronic newsletter. The digital edition contains content enhancements with audio and video feeds as well as links to Web exclusive content.


Read the full press release HERE 

Diversity Business Connection Contracting Fair
Where Buyers meet Suppliers!


Not your average contracting fair, this event is designed to connect small, minority- and women-owned suppliers with active purchasing agents who have real contracting opportunities.

This Diversity Business Connection event provides supplier companies who are pre-screened for your specific scopes of work with an opportunity to:

  • meet buyers and purchasing agents from the public, private, academic and government sectors,
  • learn about available technical assistance, and
  • gain access to upcoming contracting opportunities. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Jewel Center

7250 State Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66109 



NAWBO-KC Presents Todd Long
Todd Long is the Founder & President of Leadership Innovations


5:30 - 8:00 PM 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Tickets: $35 for Members

             $45 for Guests

Golden Ox, 1600 Genessee, Kansas City, MO 64102



Todd Long works with organizations that want to develop their current or future leaders through training, coaching, and mentoring. Leadership Innovations works with your organization to determine, design, and deliver a leadership program that fits your specific needs.

Attendees will:

  • Get past the excuses of not celebrating success
  • Discover the FLIP principles of infectious celebration
  • Recognize your celebration style
  • Learn how these concepts can be applied to your organization.

Cost includes networking, dinner, and presentation. Cash bar available

Valuation of the Early Stage Company Workshop
Presented by the Enterprise Center of Johnson County


In order to raise capital for a growing business, entrepreneurs must understand how to value their early-stage venture. Topics covered include factors that affect valuation, valuation by life stage, dilution/divergence, and valuation methodologies. The workshop also assists entrepreneurs in preparing an actual valuation for their business.


February 17, 2011

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214





In This Issue
ITSOKC Workshop Series
Prudential Sponsored Workshop
Save the Date!
Tax Relief Act Information
Futurallia KC 2011
Thinking Bigger Business Media
Diversity Businesss Connection Contracting Fair
NAWBO Presents Todd Long
Valuation Workshop
WEN 25th Anniversary Lunceon
Join DealBug to Support WEN

The Women's Business Center
The Women's Business Center offers mentoring, resources, and consulting to women in the Kansas City Metropolitan area who wish to become an entrepreneur or who are currently operating their own business.  Through business consulting, classes, workshops, networking, and peer mentoring the WBC is the key to running a successful business for Kansas City's women.


Find out how the Women's Business Center can help you. Click here to learn more!


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Women's Employment Network Luncheon 

WEN 25 

Twenty-five years ago, two Kansas City philanthropists and visionaries had a profound idea of how to "help women help themselves" and they worked to form the Women's Employment Network (WEN).  Beth K. Smith and Marjorie Powell Allen have blazed a path of positive change for thousands of women in the Kansas City community and after 25 years - their vision is stronger than ever!  

Monday, April 11, 2011

11:45 - 1:15 pm

Hyatt Regency Crown Center

2345 McGee Street

Kansas City, MO 64108


Join us a 2011 Sponsor and you'll be invited to our:

Silver Celebration Patron's Party

hosted by

C.Stephen Metzler & Brian D. Williams

on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Become a 2011 luncheon sponsor



Visit www.kcwen.org for more information.



Join DealBug & Support Women's Employment Network! 


DealBug is a deal of the day site much like all the others, with a few exceptions:

  • DealBug is local.  They're located in Overland Park, KS.
  • DealBug makes a donation to local charities with every purchase.
  • DealBug provides goods / services from local merchants with deals up to 90% off retail cost.

Each time someone purchases one of the DealBug daily deals, they can select the Women's Employment Network from a list of non-profit organizations and DealBug will make a donation.


To receive daily alerts about the great deals on DealBug, please sign up at www.DealBug.com
If you own a business and would like to be featured on DealBug please send an email to admin@dealbug.com or call 913-660-7342.